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The Rocket Friday, April 26, 2013

Curry Resigns Norton begins search for his replacement

Slippery Rock University Student Newspaper

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Volume 96, Number 23

Cody Lundin shares survival tips

By Jonathan Janasik Rocket News Editor

Vice President for Finance and Administration, Dr. Charles Curry, announced last Monday that he would be resigning from Slippery Rock University on May 6 after over 27 years of service. President Cheryl J. Norton stated she is going to be forming a search committee to look for a new Vice President. “We’re going to start as soon as we can get it going,” Norton said. “Because that announcement just came out [last] Monday, it’s going to take us a little time to find out what search firms we might have access to because of contracts with the PASSHE system.” Until that position is taken, the current assistant Vice President for Finance, Molly Mercer, will serve as interim president for that position. According to Norton, there are three other schools in the PASSHE system have recently gone through the process of hiring a new Vice President of Financial Affairs, so she has been in contact with those universities in order to gain insight to how they selected their candidates. “We had been discussing what he was interested in doing in the institution,” Norton explained. “So, I was not taken by surprise when he announced his resignation.” Curry stated that he does not know exactly how long he has been planning on leaving. “I think he’s at a very enviable point in his life where he can make those decisions,” Norton said. “I think that all of us come to a position where you say, ‘Is there something interesting for me to do that I haven’t tried before?’ or ‘Do I want to move in a whole another direction?’” Curry explained that he used to teach accounting and finance, and that if the opportunity arose, he wouldn’t mind teaching those subjects again. He also explained that he wouldn’t mind working as a Vice President for Finance and Administration for another university because he liked his job at SRU. “I like the variety,” Curry said. “There’s always something new and challenging about it. Maneuvering through the bureaucracy of policies and procedures was always a challenge.” Norton sated that she respects Curry’s decision to resign. “I have appreciated and enjoyed working with Dr. Curry and wish him the best in any future endeavor that he chooses to be involved in,” Norton said. “I’ve been truly blessed to work here at the university for over 27 years, and over 25 as Vice President,” explained Curry. “Both of my children have graduated here, and I donated resources to the university. This has been my life.”


Cody Lundin explains the dangers of hyperthermia and hypothermia in his lecture about survival Tuesday night in the Smith Student Center Ballroom. He is the co-host of the Discovery Channel show Dual Survival and he has authored of two books.

By Jonathan Janasik Rocket News Editor

Discovery Channel’s Dual Survival co-host Cody Lundin taught SRU students outdoor survival skills Tuesday night in the Student Center Ballroom. Lundin has been instructing students on survival skills since 1991, when he found the Aboriginal Living Skills School. He stated that one of the most common questions that he’s asked is, “why don’t you wear shoes?” “Indigenous people are my heroes because they’re the real badasses,” Lundin said. “Shoes take resources to make. Another aspect is walking slower and being able to pay more attention to the resources around you. The other aspect of that is that I don’t want to be a pussy and be holding somebody’s shoes. There are a lot of people who have a lot of skills, but if they lose their boots, they’re fucked. Do you want your life to be dependent upon what you have on your feet? I don’t.” Lundin explained that when he began to teach, survival skills were not subjects that were taken as seriously as they are now. Because of this, his friends and family questioned his way of life. He stated that he believes that most college students go through a similar process of being questioned, and that they have to press through that in order to be

successful. “It’s natural progression of not giving up, not giving into people’s bullshit. Mom and Dad said, ‘Well you really should get a real job.’ Well, I like what I’m doing. If you don’t like what you’re doing then you don’t like what you’re doing. Life is short. I’m living proof that you live your passion, do what you want to do, and still make a living and make income.” “If you don’t make a living, then I’ll take extra fire sauce with my seven-layer burrito because you’ll be [working] at Taco Bell and that’s unacceptable.” He separates his teaching style from others by using humor, imagery, and cartoons. “My style is different than an outdoor survival manual, and it’s that way on purpose. One: because it’s who I am. Two: Because I know how people fucking learn. They don’t learn in a pile of drool with their head down trying to remember this person who has lost all passion for what they're teaching.” Lundin not only separates his books from others, but he also distances himself from other survival-themed television shows. “I’m actually an outdoor survival skills teacher,” Lundin explained. “I’m not an adventure actor. Bear Grylls is an SEE DUAL, PAGE A-3

Debate addresses abortion controversy By Kevin Squires Rocket Contributor

Last Monday, Pro-Life Slippery Rock hosted a pro-life/pro-choice debate at 7:30 p.m. in Spotts Auditorium. The debate featured Dr. Heather Frederick, representing the pro-choice side, and Bonnie Schaefer, representing the pro-life side. Dr. Heather Frederick is a professor of political science at Slippery Rock. Fredrick’s law background came through in the debate, citing numerous legal decisions regarding abortion ranging from their origin in America to present-day and observing that the constitution protects “naturally born citizens.” Bonnie Schaefer is the executive director of the Alpha Omega Center.

Schaefer explained the Center is a medical office that works with women in first trimester pregnancies with the goal to educate them about their pregnancies, making it clear she was not a lawyer. Schaefer proved able to hold her own in discussing laws, towards the end of the debate even earning an “A+” from Dr. Frederick for her description of how the government determines the legality of the issue. The debate examined when human life begins, government’s role in abortion, the possible ramifications of illegalization of abortions, the medical p olicies sur rounding pregnancy and abortion, and the role of a woman’s body in terms of abortion. Overall, students agreed both sides

of the debate represented the issue well. “I think everyone walked away with both sides represented,” said the Pro-Life Slippery Rock founder, Josh Weitzel. Shelby Heisler, a sophomore secondary education history major, agreed with Weitzel, admitting, “I was on the fence about how I felt until the debate.” Heisler felt that both candidates were qualified to discuss the issue, commenting that one thing she felt both representatives did a great job of was not centering the topic on religion. “The debate really opened my eyes about how much this issue affects society and women’s rights,” Heisler said. SEE STUDENTS, PAGE A-2


Dr. Heather Frederick, a political science professor, debates with Bonnie Shaefer Monday evening in a Pro-Choice vs Pro-Life debate. Frederick argued from the Pro-Choice side in the Spotts Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. President Cheryl Norton moderated the debate.









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ROCK NOTES "Married in Spandex" and Harlem Shake On Monday, April 29 at 8 p.m. in room 105 of Vincent Science Hall, all are welcome to attend "Dance for Equality" a free event to bring to light the lack of LGBT rights in Pennsylvania. Because it is still legal for employers to fire a person from a job and landlords to deny housing for being gay, lesbian, or transgender, students are showing the campus-wide premiere of the documentary titled "Married in Spandex" as well as filming a Harlem Shake video to send to The Ellen Show to educate about the lack of equality given to LGBT individuals in Pennsylvania. Free cookies and punch will be provided.

Spring into Safer Sex Adagio Health and the Slippery Rock University Health Center are coming together to hold the Spring into Safer Sex Games Tuesday, April 30, 2013 from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. in the lobby of the new Robert M. Smith Student Center.

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Norton discusses enrollment at State of University address By Erica Kurvach Staff Reporter

S l i p p e r y R o c k Un i v e r s i t y continues to see a declining student enrollment with 560 less new freshman applications compared to their full-time freshman unit goal of 1550. The tuition and state appropriations for the 2013 to 2014 budget is unknown except the state government has suggested flat funding. Overall, faculty and staff will receive a $3.3 million raise in salaries/wages and a $2.5 million higher cost of retirement and hospitalization benefits. About 70 percent of SRU’s revenue is totaled from tuition and academic fees, and according to E&G Expenses by Category, 55 percent of tuition is made up of salaries/wages. President Cheryl Norton shared about SRU’s declining enrollment at the State of the University address in Swope Auditorium on Tuesday during Common Hour. “If you look at how we compare to the other PASSHE institutions, our sister institutions, first thing that you should notice is that most of all, with the exception of one, has deficiencies in the fall 2012 and spring 2013,” Norton said during the State Address event. “But if you look more closely, what you see is our decrease is not nearly as deep, not nearly as significant, not nearly as large, as our other PASSHE sister

institutions.” side of Pennsylvania is simply not According to PASSHE FTE on the economic upturn that you Enrollment Comparisons in the see on the eastern part,” Norton fall 2012 and spring 2013, SRU said. “As a matter of fact, there is an had a declining enrollment of -1.3 anticipation that we will continue percent and -1.7 percent. Indiana to see a decrease in high school University of Pennsylvania had .9 graduates long after the eastern percent and -1.7 percent. California side of Pennsylvania has seem University of Pennsylvania had incompetent.” -10.4 percent and -9.7 percent. SRU will focus on getting those SRU will rely on their enrollment students in the 100 mile radius to management te am including come the University. Dr. Amanda Yale, the Associate SRU’s online summer registration Provost for Enrollment status has increase Services, to help cover t o 7 . 2 p e r c e nt , the school’s budgetary and their winter needs. registrations status “We have one of the has increased to strongest enrollment 1.06 percent. management team not “It was the just in Pennsylvania enrollment of our but in the country,” online courses and Norton said during t h e a d d it i on of an inter v ie w. “We almost $2 million are focused on where Scan this QR code to view a video to our bottom line future students will summery of the State of University that allowed us to address or visit be coming from, finish this year in and looking at both the black,” Norton traditional and said. nontraditional sectors of our B efore President Nor ton population in order to meet the presented at the Address on educational needs of the western Tuesday, Dr. Patrick Burkhart, region of Pennsylvania. Also, I SRU president of the Association believe SRU’s reputation for of Pennsylvania State College and excellence will continue to promote University Faculties (APSCUF) robust enrollment in our future.” spoke and faculties received About 85 percent of SRU students awards for serving SRU for 10, come from 100 miles from Slippery 15, 20, 25, 35 or more years. Some Rock University. faculties were recognized for their “For good or for bad, the western retirement.

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President Cheryl Norton served as the moderator, providing a neutral, gowith-the-flow overtone with lighthearted shrugs and comedic relief at times to an otherwise potentially hostile and heated debate. Norton joked at the start of the debate that her questions were written in “large writing” so she could read without her glasses. Shortly before the debate began, President Norton stated how happy she was to see so many students att e n d i ng t h e e ve nt , elaborating, “Probably no issue has divided our country more…I think it’s appropriate to be discussing it on an education campus because it’s here that we can talk about ideas, we can talk about opinions, we can talk about issues in a safe environment that allows people to express themselves in ways obviously they may feel

uncomfortable doing so off of a campus.” The debate began with a discussion of when life begins, which Schaefer resp onded as at t he moment of conception, citing it as the “scientific” moment when new life begins. Schaefer moved on to explain that the real issue that needs to be discussed is whether or not the unborn are humans, explaining “if the unborn are not human- then we can kill the unborn.” Schaefer brought forth this argument many times throughout the debate; at times bring exasperation from some pro-choice members of the audience. Dr. Frederick’s opening statement colorfully b e g an by d e s c r i bi ng horrible things women do to themselves to rid themselves of pregnancy, and declaring “talking about when life begins is futile; I don’t have the answer to

that. What I do know is that women are willing to go through excruciating pain rather than remain pregnant…it tells us that women will always find a way to end an unwanted pregnancy, regardless of the law,” Frederick added, “no one who is pro-choice is pro-abortion…no one is out there yelling ‘yay abortion!’” Schaefer made some thought-provoking analogies throughout the debate, comparing the life of a human to that of building a Cadillac and comparing the unborn being seen as less than a person to the slavery of African Americans. Following the debate, Tyler Prevade, a sophomore history major, explained “b ot h sides provided e xc e l l e nt arg u m e nt s ,” noting how passionate both members of the debate were. Prevade felt that it was difficult to determine

how an individual feels about the issue unless they go through it. “It’s tough to have a clear, defined opinion…on an issue like this I don’t really have my mind made up,” Prevade said. As with any good debate on a controversial topic, many felt that there was no clear “winner,” but hopefully students gained some valuable insight into how they personally feel. “It’s hard to put a winner ‘tag’ on a person. I would say that both parties presented their ideas and their stances on the issue,” Nick Jones, junior public health major said. “I’m glad that Slippery Rock is able to have these types of debates with such great controversy and I’m really glad that the student body is coming together and listening on these different facts…I think that really goes to show that we have a rock-solid education.”


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Police Blotter Magistrate April 17 – Richard Jones Jr., 30, of Volant, Pa., was seen for endangering welfare of children – parent/guardian other commits offense. He was released on his own recognizance.

April 17 – Gary D. Palmer, 66, of Slippery Rock, was seen for two counts of DUI, failure to yield right, disregard of traffic lane, and careless driving. He was released on his own recognizance. Campus

April 19 – There was a report of theft of a cell phone at the Aebersold Recreation Center. The case is under investigation.

April 17 – Curtis J. Rodgers, 21, of Saxonburg, Pa., was seen for marijuana – small amount for personal use and use/possession of drug paraphernalia. He was released on his own recognizance.

April 4 – Ryan Barancho, 20, Brandon Kuszajewski, 20, Andrew Lacomba, 19, and Hany Richani, 19, were cited with disorderly conduct after a report of damage to property at the Smith Student Center due to skateboarding.

April 22 – Campus police responded to a fire alarm in Building B. It was a false alarm caused by burnt toast.

April 23 – There was a medical for an individual who passed out at Patterson Hall. An ambulance transported the individual to Grove City Medical Center. April 23 – There was a medical call for an individual hit in the face with a baseball at Jack Critchfield Park. An ambulance transported the individual to Grove City Medical Center.

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SGA denies extension of long-time manager By Catie Clark Assistant News Editor

The Student Government Association voted Monday to deny the one-year extension of Business Manager Cathy George’s contract. G e orge re s c i n d e d h e r request for an extension prior to the meeting, but SGA still had to vote due to laws that prohibited dropping the vote in the SGA constitution. Dave Wolfe, President of SGA, appointed a hiring committee for the ne w business manager Monday evening as well. The committee will consist of next year’s President Buddy Clements as the Chair, along with senators Ben Motyl, Abby Schon, and Anthony Plumberg. Other members on the committee will include the future Speaker of the Senate, an advisor, and three university or SRSGA, Inc. employees. “ The hiring committee will have the final say on all matters in regards to the business manager position,” Wolfe said. SGA also voted to write a letter of support to increase foundation residence halls fees by four percent for the 2013 – 2014 academic year to support the new ResNet system. According to Jim Henry, Vice President of Student Affairs,

this is something students will be in support of. “Students have been waiting for this for a long time,” Henry said. “It will greatly improve the speed and bandwith for the residence halls.” Dr. Paula Olivero, Assistant Vice President of Student Development, who spoke on the ResNet project Monday evening, said that the new system would allow students to take their Internet with them around campus on up to six devices. “It will be their own bandwidth to take with them,” Olivero said. “It will increase speeds on the rest of campus as well because residence hall users won’t be utilizing the same bandwidth.” Ben Motyl, Vice President of Financial Affairs, announced during his officer’s report that his Finance committee is making rules for club sports. “We’re looking at raising the travel allowance to 50 cents per mile,” Motyl said. “We’re also looking at allotting a small amount [in the club sports budget] to go towards equipment and uniforms.” Motyl also gave an update on the progress of the Multi Purpose Rink that is to begin construction over the summer. Motyl said they plan to install dasherboards to the rink that consist of a four-

foot high wall with a four-foot fence above that. The cost will be in between $65,000 and $75,000. SGA voted to write a letter of support to extend the Disc Golf course on campus. Wolfe said the current course is only nine holes and it needs to be expanded to 18 holes to be at the championship level. They will have to rearrange the current course to make the new holes fit. By adding the new holes and updating the course it will allow Slippery Rock University to host and compete in championship level competitions. A motion to purchase a sign for the SGA Pavilion in the Quad was tabled until the next SGA. The sign, which was approved by The Board of Cooperative Activities on April 11, would cost up to $1800. The motion was tabled because when purchasing an item costing over $500 requires three bids from outside producers. According to Motyl, once SGA receives two more bids for the sign, they have to accept the lowest offer. “We want the sign because the original design is in line with the other signs on campus that Norton is buying,” Motyl said.

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adventure actor. If George Clooney played a physician on television, would you want to get surgery from him?” With that being said, he admitted to never watching his show, Dual Survival, because he believes that it would most likely piss him off. He stressed that his main focus was to teach students skills that they could use in order to potentially save their own lives, and be ablebodied American citizens. “When you think about Pennsylvania 100 to 200 years ago, you were one of the breadbaskets of North America. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, you’re founded on independence. You fuckers made independence. The Liberty Bell is here, and yet we don’t know where to put our crap if the toilet doesn’t work. That’s not independence. That’s not freedom. That’s being chained to grid and I will prevent that at all costs, because that’s not what this country was founded upon and that’s not what I feel Pennsylvania stands for.”

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Theater struck with terrible “Thunderdome” nickname The Robert M. Smith Student Center Theater is a key location on the Slippery Rock University campus. Located in our brand new, multimillion dollar student center, it is the home to many exciting events on campus, including most SGA meetings. That is why we as a staff are a bit concerned over a new nickname the theatre has been getting labeled with in recent weeks. T h at n i ck n ame i s t he “Thunderdome.” The purpose of this article goes far beyond a lighthearted end of the semester staff editorial on something that isn’t of real importance. A nickname like the “Thunderdome” should not be taken lightheartedly.

Our staff has many complaints about the nickname, starting with the simple fact that the student theatre is simply not a dome. Regardless of how thunderous the theatre may get at times, the lacking of any recognizable dome or dome-like feature makes the nickname downright confusing. Guests have a hard enough time navigating around this campus, let’s not confuse them any more. Another issue is the origin of the nickname. From what we can tell, the name “Thunderdome” comes from the 1985 postapocalyptic film titled “Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome.” The film stars Mel Gibson. Let’s not associate the fine art that is shown in our brilliant student theater with a terrible 80s film that starred a anti-Semitic jerk. A third reason for our strong

opposition to the “Thunderdome” is timing. We have been calling the theatre the Robert M. Smith Theatre for a whopping nine or 10 months. Have the fond memories of Dr. Smith really faded so quickly? At least give it a year before we start tossing out ridiculous new nicknames for a key part of the building he worked so hard to bring to the campus. Granted, we understand the appeal of giving the theatre a more “hip” nickname to make college students want to wander into it, but if that’s the case should we really choose “Thunderdome?” It sounds like something a middleaged parent would say while trying to sound cool in front of his or her kids’ friends. We’re not trying to be buzzkills or anything of that nature.

In the Quad In the Quad is a segment in which random students, faculty and staff are asked for their opinions on a specific topic.

We appreciate good humor and clever nicknames. But we’re missing something here with the “Thunderdome.” Perhaps we are out of the loop on a funny joke with the name. Perhaps. We don’t know who started the nickname. That’s not important at this time. Everyone makes mistakes, and we can all just move on. But what is important is the legacy of our theatre. If this catches on we could be faced with a long crisis that may never end. More likely is anyone that finds the nickname amusing forgets about it over the summer months and it becomes a forgotten disappointment. We can only be so lucky as to have the lifespan of the “Thunderdome” be as quick as a flash of lightning.

This week’s question: What do you think about calling the theater the “Thunderdome?”

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“If there really isn’t a good reason. I don’t see a reason to naming it. It kind of sounds dumb.”

“It sounds like a sports arena or something. It’s a little bit over dramatic.”

“It doesn’t really matter honestly. It’s just a name. I guess someone off campus might ask about it. If it’s for student’s, it doesn’t really matter.”

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Questions arise from increase of violence in our culture

Michael Santoro Observation Station

rappers or singers choose to glorify the random killings of those not within their clique, gang, group, etc. I’m not saying all rappers do this or that even the majority does, but some do indeed advocate this behavior. Is that okay? Nobody is being violently assaulted by the music, nor are their lives in danger by choosing to listen. Whether or not that matters is up to the beholder. Video games are another medium plagued with violence. Once again, it turns back to the same argument: nothing we see is physically occurring in reality, thus nobody is technically being treated with violence. Does all this violence in various media forms desensitize us to the ending of lives? Because we can control a player within a game that murders somebody, does that mean we’re more likely to engage in that kind of activity outside of the entertainment medium? Also, when watching vigilante movies like Walking Tall, Death Wish and A Brave One, are we more likely to want to act like the characters within the film? Their actions could be said to be justified due to their film situation, but the same argument could be used to justify these actions within the realm of physical reality and outside of a film. The topic is leaving me breathless. As I try to maintain a non-biased opinion, it’s boggling how many different viewpoints one could take on a subject which breadth is so wide. So many contextual issues, so many situations exclusive to one medium and so many people left to wonder. Despite all this, we need to recognize and hold dear the fact that life is fragile. Is it fragile in a fantasy sense, where entertainment is the goal? Is it only fragile in real life, where physical beings exist and can be taken away from us? I think I’ve left this opinion article with more questions than answers. Hopefully you’ll leave it with your steadfast convictions on the subject. You might leave it with more questions in your mind. Either way, keep thinking. It’s becoming all we have left.

Life is fragile. It’s a simple statement, but one that is overlooked. With how much violence inundates not only our society but the societies of others, it’s hard to imagine that this easily understandable statement is being held as dear as it should be. The recent attack on the Boston Marathon is evidence of this. The heinous actions of two individuals to terrorize the American public disavowed and destroyed the frailty of human life. It’s not just our culture, and it’s not just the cultures of others. There seems to be a trend of increased violence happening all over the globe, whether it exists in our backyard or across the sea. I can understand the attraction of violence, at least digitally or synthetically. It’s taboo, it’s mysterious, and it will eventually happen to all of us. Movies depicting violence can range in subject matter, from a war film to a movie documenting inner-city gang violence. Whatever the case may be, this violence isn’t actually occurring. It’s being prepared as art, something to be viewed and enjoyed by an interested audience. The question is this: is this film violence justified no matter what? Is it only allowed to be shown in a certain context, or should there be no violence at all? We’re still awaiting concrete, irrefutable evidence to support an answer to any of these questions. More advanced studies will be done, and hopefully we’ll have stronger answers. What about in music? Genres like rap and heavy metal sometimes advocate certain forms of violence. Does it matter where this violence stems from? If someone is fighting for their life in a song’s context, is that okay? It is defense, and the person is acting out of retaliation for violence brought against Michael Santoro is a senior public his person in that specific situation. Some relations major from Pittsburgh.


LETTERS TO THE EDITOR The views expressed in the “Letters to the Editor” section are those of the writer(s) alone. The Rocket cannot verify all facts presented in a given letter, but if we are aware of an error or omission, we reserve the right to include an editorial note for accuracy’s sake.

Rocket front page photo did not do event justice When I got last week’s The Rocket (April 19, 2013), I was pleased initially to see a frontpage photo focusing on the Take Back the Night rally and march which took place on April 17. At a time when one in five female university students are statistically going to be sexually assaulted, and when 3% of rape victims are men (and most male victims of rape are victimized before they turn 20), this event is important and educational. I know that many who participated were moved to sadness, anger, and action. For many, for whom this was the first rally and march in which they have participated, the experience was empowering, and the speakers and survivors of rape and sexual assault embodied strength and vision.

Sadly, your readers will not know any of that, since you did not in fact include an article about Take Back the Night. Instead, you included one large photo of a survivor with no follow-up. This arguably exploits the speaker in the photo; certainly, it fails to do justice to this issue. It is ironic, to say the least, that you found frontpage room to cover (with an actual story, and not just an image) an event centered on a Pro-Life event and the use of Taskstream for portfolios but failed to address the very reality of sexual assault and interpersonal violence which touch the lives of everyone at SRU. I hope that in future, you will join the campus and community conversation about how we might really “take back the night” and do what most of us want to do at SRU: make our campus a safe place for everyone. Sincerely, Dr. Cindy LaCom Director Women’s Studies Program


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Horoscopes By Nancy Black Tribune Media Services (MCT) Today's Birthday (04/26/13). Appreciate trees today and all year. Get involved in causes with groups that share your passions. Until July, a financial boost fills your coffers; divert substantially to savings, despite spending temptation. Summer energy shifts to super-powered communications, as social networking gets fun and full of possibility. To get the advantage, check the day's rating: 10 is the easiest day, 0 the most challenging. Aries (March 21-April 19) -- Today is a 9 -- Creative work has a bittersweet flavor, and it still tastes good. Commit to what you believe in. But don't bite off more than you can chew right now. Take baby steps at first. Taurus (April 20-May 20) -- Today is an 8 -- Delays can be surprisingly fun. Check for changes before proceeding. If you're going to be late, call. Don't rest on your laurels just yet. Continue to put in extra effort, and follow your gut instincts. Gemini (May 21-June 20) -- Today is a 9 -- It requires getting everyone aligned to move forward to get the

task done ... but it's worth it. Imagine the project complete, and work backwards to see what steps are necessary. Inspire with treats. Cancer (June 21-July 22) -Today is an 8 -- Relationship frustration and disagreement requires a step back. A solution is available, if you listen. Relax and breathe deeply. Look from the other's viewpoint. Talk it over, and it goes better than expected. Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) -Today is an 8 -- Don't try to bend the rules. It's not worth the energy. It may require discipline to do what's needed, rather than plot alternatives, but it's ultimately the easiest route. Just do it. Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) -- Today is an 8 -- Use an opportunity to dig deeper into a favorite subject. Your ability to concentrate gets enhanced marvelously. Express your true feelings gently at work. Replace outdated and broken junk. Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) -Today is a 9 -- When it comes to money, now's the time to watch and learn. View the situation from a different perspective, and then exceed all expectations. You may have to travel to get what you want. Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) -- Today is a 9 -- You're in the spotlight today and tomorrow.

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April 26, 2013

SRU splits doubleheader Green and White goes even with Golden Knights By Matthew Morgan Rocket Contributor

On Tuesday night, the Slippery Rock University women's softball team closed out their regular season home schedule with a double header against Gannon University. Like the prior two doubleheaders, SRU split the series with one win and one loss. The Rock got off to a slow start in game one with the team batting a collective 4–24 and scoring one run. Senior Katie Saluga, junior Emily Lobdell, senior Jenna Geibel, and sophomore Alaynna Beers were the only players with any hits during the game. The opposing pitcher, Megan Dragon, walked no Rock players. Gannon defeated SRU by a final score of 5–1, the Rock’s only run coming off the bat of Lobdell, scoring Beers. Sophomore Ashley Knight is credited with the loss, bringing her record to 10–12 on the season. Game two was an adrenaline rush for both the players as well as the fans, all the way down to the last at-bat. Starting the game off with a show, freshman Katie Kaiser and Geibel went back-to-back with home runs, their fourth and seventh four-baggers respectively. The scoring for SRU would resume in the bottom of the second inning, seeing four runs come across home plate for the Green and White. Saluga batted in her first run of the game, Geibel brought in her second

and junior Breanna Tongel brought home two with a double. By the end of the fourth inning, Gannon had worked their way back into contention by tying the game at 6–6. That tie would be short lived. Tongel connected for a solo home run in the bottom of the fifth, her fourth home run of the year, giving the Rock a 7-6 advantage. This lead would be wiped away in the top of the seventh inning as Caitlyn Colucci of Gannon University smashed a two run blast, giving Gannon an 8–7 lead. The bottom of the seventh inning would be the last plate appearances for the Rock at their home field for the season. It was also Saluga’s last home at-bat of her career, and she didn’t want to see that go to waste with her team down by a run. With two outs, two on base, one ball and no strikes, Saluga stepped up to the plate and closed out her home career with a game winning blast. The home run was Saluga’s team leading ninth home run. Saluga has three more home runs than her past two seasons here at SRU combined. “I accredit my offense this season to a couple of things. I have an amazing father who worked with me extra hours when I went home to make sure I was where I wanted to be offensively,” Saluga said about her explosive season at the plate. “I feel like I did succeed at the best of my abilities at SRU. I wouldn’t change a thing about my career here." In addition to the home run hitters in the game, Beers went 3–4 at the plate, as well as junior Lindsey Kelenske who went 2–3. Lobdell earned the win, pitching all seven innings and throwing three TYLER PAINTER/THE ROCKET


Sophomore pitcher Ashley Knight winds up for a pitch at the doubleheader against Clarion University April 17. Knight earned five runs and two strikeouts against Gannon University Tuesday.

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Rock stands in fourth place four event By Cody Gray Rocket Contributor


Junior catcher Kevin Jovanovich awaits a catch at the doubleheader against Notre Dame (Ohio) April 17. Jovanovich has started in every game this season for the Rock and has earned 20 runs.

wins at IUP By Kristin Karam

The Slippery Rock baseball team took three out of four games from conference-rival Indiana University of Pa. in a home series over the weekend and improved their record to 27-15 (9-7). The Rock currently stands in fourth place in the western division of the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference. California is in first, followed by Gannon and Mercyhurst. On Sunday, Slippery Rock hosted IUP for an afternoon doubleheader and came away with the clean sweep. In game one of the Sunday doubleheader, the Green and White sent sophomore Kyle Schneider to the mound. Schneider gave his squad an excellent outing, going the full seven innings shutting out IUP while giving up three hits and one walk. The sophomore also struck out four batters. The Rock batters gave Schneider plenty of run support. Juniors Will Kengor and Graeme Zaparzynski combined to score three runs. Zaparzynski and senior John Shaffer drove in the

The Slippery Rock men’s outdoor track and field team posted 19 PSAC qualifying marks and recorded four wins at Indiana University of Pa.'s Ed Fry Invitational Saturday. Despite having to cope with undesirable weather conditions, head coach John Papa feels his athletes are pushing themselves to compete at a high level. “We’ve been performing consistently and are preparing ourselves for the PSAC Championships in May,” Papa said. “Our events are progressing well this season.” Senior Mason McLaughlin, senior Ethan Geisler, junior Trevor Foley, and sophomore Hunter Williams paired up in the 4x400-meter relay at the Ed Fry Invite and posted a winning time of 3:26.12. In the 110-meter hurdles, junior Jonathan Boyd ran his best time of the season, taking the win with a time of 14.74 seconds. Geisler took third with a time of 15.42 seconds. Senior Kyle Toms took the top spot in the shot put with a throw of 15.62 meters. Toms was joined by



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April 26, 2013

Men's track to compete Green and White at Ashland Open tunes up for PSACs


Sophomore Katelyn Wetzel competes in the 4x400 meter relay at the Dave Labor Invitational. Wetzel won the 100-meter dash and the 200-meter dash.

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sophomore Trevor Miller in fifth at 14.29 meters and freshman David Reinhardt in seventh at 13.44 meters. SRU’s final event win of the meet came from junior Victor Santoyo in the high jump with a clearance of 1.90 meters. As the season progresses and the PSAC Championships approach, Papa said he will be pushing his athletes to focus and compete at all times. “In most of our events there are

athletes from other PSAC schools, so we need to be aggressive and have the will to win,� Papa explained. The Rock fell short of the top spot in the 400-meter hurdles but took the next three places. Geisler placed second with a time of 54.32 seconds, Foley took third at 54.74 seconds, and Boyd took fourth at 56.59 seconds. The team will be focusing on improving their technique in upcoming practices so that they can compete at the highest level in the championships, Geisler said.

“We have a lot of talent on the team,� Geisler said. “We come in and compete everyday at practice. It’s easier to be consistent when everyone is competing and making each other better.� Williams and sophomore Monte Chapman finished top-five and met PSAC standards in both the 200-meter and 400-meter dashes. Williams took second in both events, recording a time of 22.08 seconds in the 200m and 49.89 seconds in the 400m. Chapman fell just behind Williams in the 200m, posting a time of 22.66 seconds. In the 400m, Chapman took fifth with a time of 50.36 seconds. Three athletes met PSAC standards in the discus throw for the Green and White. Reinhardt took third with a toss of 43.15 meters, followed by junior Billy Martin in fifth at 42.45 meters and sophomore Nick Garuccio in eighth at 40.13 meters. Reinhardt also earned fourth place in the javelin throw with a toss of 55.61 meters. Freshman Keiffer Reed cleared 4.15 meters in the pole vault and placed second. Reed was the only Rock vaulter to meet PSAC standards at IUP, but he was joined in the event by freshmen Joey Rakowsi and Michael Shiverdecher who tied for third with matching 4.00m clearances. Senior Kevin Jewel also met PSAC standards for SRU with a third place finish in the 1,500-meter run (4:01.86). SRU has yet to qualify an athlete for the PSAC Championships in the long jump event, but Papa said he has several athletes that will be looking to reach this standard in the upcoming meets. Slippery Rock will travel to Ohio to compete at the Ashland Open this weekend.







Ladies win six events at Ed Fry Invitational By Brian Hepfinger Rocket Contributor

The Slippery Rock women’s track and field team ventured to Indiana, Pa. Saturday to compete in the Ed Fry Invitational at Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP). The ladies won six events at the invitational, with 13 PSACqualifying marks and two NCAAprovisional marks. Seniors Lexi Arnold and Kim Goth both had a strong showing in the javelin event, placing second and fourth respectively. A r n ol d m e t t he NC A Aqualifying mark with a throw of 43.66 meters, while Goth also met the mark with a throw of 40.18 meters. Sophomore Katelyn Wetzel had a dominating performance on Saturday. She won both the 100-meter dash and the 200-meter dash. She posted a time of 12.17 seconds in the 100-meter dash, and a time of 25.06 seconds in the 200-meter dash. Wetzel joined sophomore Samantha Zampetti and freshmen Lexie Nowakowski and Emily Moroco in the 4x100-meter relay. They had a winning time of 49.17 seconds. Zampetti reached the PSACqualifying mark in both the 100-meter dash and the 200-meter dash. She placed fifth, with a time of 12.63 seconds in the 100-meter

dash, and placed sixth, with a time of 25.56 seconds in the 200-meter dash. Moroco also hit the PSACqualifying mark in the 100-meter dash, placing seventh, with a time of 12.75 seconds. Freshman Mariah Burns won the triple jump, with a PSACqualifying-leap of 11.18 meters. She also took second in the long jump, with a leap of 5.42 meters. Freshman Bronte Soul took second in the event, with a time of 10.79 meters. Junior Dilshani Madawala came in third, with a time of 10.67 meters. Freshman Ashley West won the high jump event, with a clearance of 1.65 meters. Senior Angela Schroeder won the pole vault event by more than two feet, with a clearance of 3.46 meters. Head coach John Papa thinks that the team has been performing well, and that they are getting to their pinnacle. “We are happy to be performing at a high level at this point in the season,� Papa said. “Our PSAC championships are two weeks away, and it appears that we will be at our best then.� Papa went on to say that while the team is performing great, they still have room for improvement. “We are doing well, but we do need to elevate a bit in order to compete at the PSAC,� Papa said. “We have two weeks; these two weeks will be critical.� A group of distance runners will travel to Hillsdale, Mich. for the Gina Relays Thursday and Friday, while the majority of the team will travel to Ohio to compete in the Ashland Open Friday and Saturday.

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three runs for SRU. That trio combined to have six of Slippery Rock’s ten hits throughout the game. The Rock would take game one 3-0. “It felt awesome getting the shutout over one of our biggest rivals,� Schneider said, “especially knowing we needed that win. I kept the ball down in the zone and had an amazingly solid defense behind me.� The second game of the doubleheader was a much closer game. Redshirt freshman Jon Anderson took the mound for Slippery Rock. Anderson pitched four and two thirds innings, three earned runs off of three hits, while walking three and striking out two. Freshman Jordan Faretta started off the scoring for the Rock with an RBI double, scoring junior Jake Weibley. An IUP wild pitch scored junior Austin Benshadle to give the Rock a 2-0 lead. A rocky fifth inning for Anderson saw IUP take a 3-2 lead. Slippery Rock bounced right back in the bottom of the fifth, twice capitalizing off of IUP errors to take a 4-3 lead. S ophomore Anton Constantino came in relief for Anderson in the top of the fifth with two outs left. Constantino was lights out the rest of the game, giving

up only two hits and walking one. The sophomore didn’t allow any more IUP base runners to cross home plate and earned his first save of the season as Slippery Rock completed the doubleheader sweep, 4-3. Slippery Rock travelled to IUP on Saturday for a doubleheader. Junior Lou Trivino took the mound for SRU in the first game. Trivino pitched well, giving up one run off of five hits while walking one batter and striking out five. The SRU offense could never get going in the game, only mustering up three hits for Trivino. A sixth inning error, the only one of the game for SRU, ended up being very costly for the Rock, as a poor throw ended up giving IUP the 1-0 win in game one. IUP committed two errors, but Slippery Rock couldn’t capitalize. Game two of Saturday’s doubleheader saw a lot more offense from both teams compared to the first game. Sophomore Garret Peterson took the mound for the Green and White. Peterson went four and a third innings, giving up three runs, two earned, on four hits, while walking one and striking out four. Slippery Rock started off the scoring in the third inning when Faretta hit a double to right center field to bring in redshirt

freshman Royce Copeland. Zaparzynski drove in Faretta with a single to take a 2-0 lead. In the fourth inning, Faretta drove in Benshadle on a bases loaded fielder’s choice. Kengor then drove in junior Brandon Myers on a sacrifice fly to give the Rock a 4-0 lead. IUP came right back in the fifth inning to tie it back up at four. Junior Anthony Naso came in to relieve Peterson with one out in the fifth. Naso allowed one unearned run before junior John Kovalik came into the game. Kovalik would finish the game allowing one earned run off of three hits. The Rock retook the lead in the sixth inning and didn’t look back. Zaparzynski drove in Kengor for his second RBI of the game. Shaffer would then drive in Zaparzynski to give SRU a 6-4 lead. IUP would add one more run in the sixth, but that would be all. Kovalik earned his third win of the season as SRU took game two 6-5. This was a pivotal PSAC series, as both teams entered Saturday with a 6-6 conference record. IUP fell down to sixth place in the PSAC. Slippery Rock will take on PSAC leading Cal, who stands at 29-12 (11-5), in a home and home series on Friday and Saturday. Friday’s games will be held at Jack Critchfield Park.


April 26, 2013

Rock drops from playoff contention SRU prepares for two final home games By Cody McCullough Rocket Contributor

Although the Slippery Rock University women's lacrosse team beat Edinboro University on Tuesday, 1713, they lost their chance to make the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference playoffs last Saturday when they dropped their game against Bloomsburg University, 15-3. On Tuesday, the Rock jumped out to a 14-4 lead in the second half before the Fighting Scots scored seven straight goals in the last 16 minutes. Junior Lauren Laubach scored six goals and had one assist in the win. She also contributed a season-high 14 draw controls to lead the Rock. Senior Holly Webb had four goals, sophomore Paige Costantino had three goals and one assist, and junior Morgan Pettit had two goals and one assist. Freshmen Anna-Marie Warrington and Kaytlin Callaghan both had one goal apiece, and capping off scorers for the Rock was

sophomore Jess Verbic with one assist. Freshman Hannah Houde made six saves in goal to earn her sixth win of the season. Slippery Rock finished the game with a 31-23 advantage in shots and a dominating 25-7 advantage in draw control. Last Saturday, Bloomsburg was up 4-2 with 12:30 remaining in the first half, and went on a 4-0 run into the half and never looked back. Both teams traded goals at the beginning of the second half until Bloomsburg went on a 6-0 run to clinch the game. Leading the Rock in the loss was Laubach with one goal and one assist. Verbic and Costantino each contributed with a goal as well. Houde was in goal for the Rock, making eight saves and taking the loss. The loss dropped the Rock out of contention for the playoffs, and the win for Bloomsburg kept them in contention for a playoff berth. The Rock has two remaining games, both at home against West Virginia Wesleyan College and Kutztown University. If the team wins the next two games, they will finish with a .500 record.


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strikeouts. Her record now sits at 6-5. On Monday, Slipper y Rock welcomed the Lady S c ot s f rom E d i nb oro for another PSAC-West matchup, their last double header against each other for the season. Game one was a pitching train-wreck for Edinboro and a season highlight for SRU. T h e R o ck t rou n c e d Edinboro by a score of 11–1. K n i g ht e a r n e d t h e victory giving up only five hits, one run and striking out five batters. With no home runs in the game for either team, SRU had to be quick on the bases to earn their 11 runs. Saluga and Kaiser each went 4–5 at the plate, Kaiser earning four RBIs. Saluga and Tongel each contributed two RBIs, while Geibel and freshman Ashley Samluk each tallied one RBI of their own in the offensive gem. Game two saw the bats of SRU go nearly silent as Edinboro put together a few hits and defeated the Rock 4–2. Tongel went deep for her fourth home run of the season, going one for two at the plate. Saluga and Kaiser both went .500 at the plate, hitting 2–4. The Rock’s only runs in the game came from

Tongel’s home run and a throwing error in the sixth where Kaiser crossed home to score. Despite striking out six batters, Lobdell was credited with the loss in the second game. Edinboro shut out the Rock in game one to finish the game off with a score of 6–0. SRU collected only four hits, coming off the bats of Saluga, Lobdell, and freshman Megan Maloney. Knight was credited with the loss, giving up six runs, two of which being earned. Slippery Rock rolled over Edinboro in the second game of the double-header by a score of 6-1. Defensively, the Rock’s defensive performance was highlighted by Lobdell’s c o mp l e t e g a m e w i n , featuring only three hits, one run and five strikeouts. Offensively SRU looked like a new team compared to their game one performance. Ten hits, six runs, and two home runs; Slippery R o ck o bl ite r ate d t h e opposing pitchers. The home runs came launching off the bats of Saluga and Tongel, their eighth and third roundtrippers respectively. The doubleheader with Ursuline College scheduled for Thursday has been cancelled. The Green and White will head to California University of Pa. on Friday for a PSAC-matchup.


Senior catcher Katie Saluga runs home off of an RBI from freshman infielder Katie Kaiser in the bottom of the ninth inning against Clarion University. Saluga scored two runs and earned four RBIs in the doubleheader against Gannon University on Tuesday.


April 26, 2013

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SRU English professor shares overcoming journey with battling cancer By Rebecca Marcucci Assistant Campus Life Editor

“Cancer is the best, worst thing that’s ever happened to me.” Looking back, SRU English professor Dr. Myra Balok had these words to say about her battle with uterine cancer five years ago. “When you get that call it already sounds like you’re in the grave,” Balok said. “My doctor sounded like she was going to cry and I said, ‘It’s only cancer, we can get through this!’ Things don’t get me down too easily.” Balok said the hardest part at the time was telling her husband when

she got the news. “After I told him I was okay,” she said. “It was difficult for me to tell my family members.” Balok was worried for her daughter’s health since the cancer was potentially hereditary. Balok was diagnosed with the cancer in August of 2008, right around the time that fall classes at SRU were expected to start that year. “I went into surgery when school started,” she said. “So I had to have other professors cover my classes for me. I was out for weeks.” Though the time of her diagnosis was not convenient, she said, Balok had faith she would be able to

recover quickly. After her diagnosis, Balok was receiving a new kind of radiation therapy at the time in Pittsburgh, one of the only hospitals that offered the therapy. Balok said she recalls feeling very fatigued as a side effect of the radiation therapy. “I had told my technician Bob that I was feeling exhausted and I asked him why,” she said. “He told me, ‘You’re only assaulting your DNA.’” One thing Balok learned through her treatment was that everyone has cancer cells in their bodies and they are almost impossible to avoid. Foods containing mercury

and other dangerous elements, like certain kinds of fish, are some of the worst things for your body, she said. “If we behave ourselves we can go all of our lives without having those cells turn into cancer,” Balok said. During Balok’s surgery she had her uterus, ovaries, and cancerous lymph nodes removed. She was fortunate that the cancer was detected early and they were able to remove it in time, she said. Once Balok had returned home after her surgery, a home nurse visited her frequently for check-ups and to make sure she was doing well. The nurse took care of other patients with cancer, but Balok said

she would never forget what she told her one day. “She told me, ‘I can tell you who’s going to survive and who’s not,’” Balok said. “ ‘And it’s not based on their medical records, it’s based on your attitude.’” Balok agreed with her nurse believing that attitude was everything in your road to recovery. If you believe that you will get better and work towards that, chances are you will get better, she said. Balok apologized as she began to tear up, reminiscing what it was that truly helped to keep her alive. SEE DR. BALOK, PAGE C-3

Students share why they Relay for Life American Cancer Society provides By Stephanie Cheek Rocket Contributor

“Less Cancer, More Birthdays,” is the theme for this year’s Relay for Life which is an overnight fundraiser in the Morrow Field House on April 26 to 27. Relay for Life is a fundraising event that is sponsored by the American Cancer Society and it honors the survivors, remembers those who lost their lives, and helps raise money for those still fighting, according to the Relay for Life website. At Slippery Rock University, faculty, organizations, students, and the community will all work together to reach their goal of $75,000 that will all

go to the American Cancer Society. Since this is one of the biggest fundraisers on campus this brings up the question, why do you relay? Lyndsie Malobabich, the American Cancer Society’s Income Development Representative, said, “Ever yone should relay because of a reason that means something to them.” The American Cancer Society is the largest research funder, and the money raised also goes to programs and services across Butler County for those who are fighting cancer, Malobabich said. Some of those programs include, “Road to Recovery,”

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a transportation service to get patients to their treatments, and “Look Good, Feel Better,” a program that reteaches female cancer patients to put on make-up and do their hair, Malobabich said. Malobabich contributes to Slippery Rock University’s Relay for Life event by providing all the resources and information to the executive board, but all the planning, and fundraising is done by Slippery Rock students, she said. One member of the executive board is senior public relations major, Kayla McGrath, 22, who is the Relay for Life chair.

Each year in the United States, thousands of cases of cancer are diagnosed each day. According to the American Cancer Society, in 2013 alone, approximately 1.6 million cases of cancer will be diagnosed. Though the death counts are considerably lower than the vast amount of diagnoses, they still reach well into the thousands. The American Cancer Society predicts that of those cases that are diagnosed in the United States, 580,350 will be fatal. The deadliest cancer in the United States is lung cancer, taking lives of 159,480 Americans in one year. Prostate and breast cancers are the most diagnosed cases of cancer. The American Cancer Society predicts that prostate cancer will affect 238,590 men in 2013 and it is the most common type of cancer in males. In females, the most common type is breast cancer, with



By Janelle Wilson Rocket Contributor

Campus Life


April 26, 2013

Oblivion movie featuring Tom Cruise set in end of Earth times

Jimmy Graner "Jimmy G's Rock Reviews" Film: "Oblivion"

4 Stars Time and time again, the film industry produces countless films involving the end of mankind on Earth. Things like aliens, zombies, and disease are the usual suspects of this nature. However, no matter what the case may be, each one tries to pull away from the others to tell their own unique story on why things happened in the way they did. “Oblivion” follows technician Jack Harper (Tom Cruise) and his communications officer/lover Victoria (Andrea Riseborough), as they extract Earth’s remaining resources and deliver them to the new established home that exists on Titan, one of Saturn’s moons. The story takes place after Earth was invaded by aliens, who in turn, also destroyed the moon, causing tectonic upheaval of Earth’s nuclear weapons, thus ruining the planet’s ability to fully support life. They both take orders from a commander known as Sally, who resides in a cubicle-looking space station just above Earth’s atmosphere. One hint suggests in the beginning that they are not the first team to be chosen, and that if a wrong decision is made by either, consequences are sure to come their way.

PHOTO COURTESY OF MCT CAMPUS (From left) Beech (Morgan Freeman) gives orders to Kara (Zoe Bell) and Sykes (Nikolaj Koster-Waldau) in Joseph Kosinski's "Oblivion."

With only two weeks left before their duty is complete, Harper comes in contact with a group of unknown survivors and experiences a countless change of events that will make him realize exactly who and what has brought him to this point in time. Director, writer and producer of “Oblivion” Joseph Kosinski did an amazing job explaining exactly what the film was about up until the very last scene. With prior experience in the sci-fi world, through directing 2010’s “Tron: Legacy,” Kosinski isn’t exactly a stranger to placing insane amounts of thought and effort needed to pull off such films. As is the case with any other sci-fi

film, such as “Alien” and “Terminator,” the plot must be explained early on so the viewer doesn’t get lost halfway through the film and frequently asks questions. For “Oblivion,” things will get confusing and one must pay great amounts of attention to even the minute details in the story until the end. CGI as well as landscape add to the marvelous storyline being told. Countless shots of vast landscape, including forest, desert, ocean and even space make the picture more stunning. Wide arrays of camera angles also add to the suspense to make the actions of all characters in the film more visually pleasing. Cruise, who we have all seen play

Princesses Diana and Kate among royal fashion icons of their reigning decade

Katie Ellis "ROCK'n Fashion" Once a generation a woman becomes a princess and lives a fairy tale life full of happily ever afters. Lady Diana Spencer became a princess 32 years ago when she married her prince at just 20 years old, and Kate Middleton transformed from a commoner into a real life Cinderella just two years ago. Each of these women embody all of the qualities that a modern day princess should have, including confidence, grace, and style. Princess Diana is one of the most fashionable women the world has ever seen. Fascination with Diana started the moment she stepped out in a bright blue suit and dazzling sapphire and diamond ring in February of 1981, on the arm of Prince Charles, upon the announcement of their engagement. Five months later, the couple was married at St. Paul’s Cathedral in a ceremony known as “the wedding of the century” that was watched by millions across the globe. On July 29, she arrived at the cathedral in a gown she co-designed with Elizabeth and David Emanuel that was unlike any other gown worn by a royal bride in history. It was constructed from silk taffeta and antique lace and embellished with sequins and

pearls, but the most prominent feature of her gown was the 25 foot train that trailed behind her as she walked up the steps of the cathedral. Ever the quintessential rule breaker, Diana chose to style herself for both her public appearances and for outings in her private life. She wore a number of designs from Catherine Walker and Victor Edelstein that epitomized the style of the 80s and 90s in ways that only Princess Diana could. In 1985, she attended the White House gala held by President Reagan where she danced the night away with John Travolta in a deep blue gown by Victor Edelstein. The trumpet style gown featured off-the-shoulder straps and a deep-V neckline that perfectly offset its ruched bodice and circle skirt. The most eye-catching dress ever worn by the Princess was the “revenge dress” that she wore to the Vanity Fair party in 1994. This dress featured the same neckline as her gala dress, but it’s most notable feature was its leg baring hemline that showed how confident she was in herself. It was accessorized with sheer black tights, black heels, and a gorgeous sapphire and diamond choker that mimicked her famous engagement ring. Kate Middleton became a princess before a new generation on April 29, 2011 when she married Princess Diana’s son, Prince William, at Westminster Abbey. Middleton, who wears the ring of the Prince’s late-mother, also had a hand in co-designing the gown for her special day,

but with Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen. Her V-neck gown with lace sleeves was made of hand stitched lace, silk, and tulle, and was fastened with nearly 60 buttons down the back. This gown was just the first in a series of headline-making ensembles that have made her a fashion icon. Middleton has been called the princess of recycling, because she has been known to reuse items of clothing from one engagement to the next. Some of her favorite pieces that she has worn time and time again are her LK Bennett pumps and her fascinators. Her wardrobe is comprised of pieces that are much more accessible to the public than that of other royal brides of years past because much like Princess Diana, she styles herself, and mixes designer and retail pieces to create head turning looks. She has never been one to make a fashion misstep whether she’s on her way to the grocery store or a royal celebration, and as she embarks on her journey into motherhood, there’s no doubt that all eyes will be on her to see what she wears next. Both of these women have become icons because of the impacts that they have made on the fashion world. Gone but never forgotten, Diana, The People’s Princess, exuded beauty in every aspect of her life. Today, her daughterin-law Kate Middleton is following in her footsteps and is taking fashion and the world by storm. Katie Ellis is a sophomore journalism major and a regular contributor to The Rocket.

numerous roles as a spy, vampire, rock star, pilot, lover, and father, truly succeeds at doing an amazing job playing the sole space technician. Morgan Freeman, with his well-known voice, succeeds as well at playing the scavenger in the dark that leaves a first impression of being nefarious. When it came to the overall cast, the collective performance was very well done. Like I stated above, one must keep up with every detail to remain constant with the storyline. During some parts of the film, I felt explanation wasn’t being used enough to explain a certain scene. Just when I thought I had understood something, another conclusion jumps in front of you and leads you

to believe a whole new scenario. Plus, so many secrets evolve towards the end that will keep you guessing. If you can put up with the difficult storyline, countless surprises and offseemingly catchy characters, you will be pleased. In the end, should you be craving selfinflicted feelings of terror and fright, you can even imagine what the world would be like if there were an unlimited amount of Tom Cruise clones just waiting to be released into the world. Jimmy Graner is a sophomore journalism major, a film and media studies minor and a regular contributor to The Rocket.

Campus Life

April 26, 2013


Students join fight to 'celebrate more birthdays' Continued from Page C-1

“Before I was on the executive board, I was the committee chair of three other committees so I have been in their shoes, and I have a broad understanding of the whole event.” McGrat h s aid t hat she relays because she has family members who had or are still fighting cancer. She also relays for people who have been diagnosed with cancer, and do

not necessarily have someone to relay for them, she said. Another member of the executive board, and senior early childhood and special education major Taylor Hubert, 22, said, “I relay because my mom passed away from cancer.” Hubert, the treasurer of the Executive Board, explained that Relay for Life is a fun way to raise money for a good cause, and everyone knows someone

who has been affected by cancer. Sophomore athletic training major Ashley Carroll, 20, explained, “I relay mainly for my nana who passed away years ago, but recently I also relay for two of my aunts, and my grandfather.” While individual students can attend the event, they can also choose to start or join a team. At the Slippery Rock Relay for Life the Greeks form many of those teams.

“I started participating in Relay for Life seven years ago, but it was not until the third year that I understood the effect cancer had on people,” senior Political Science major and Kappa Delta Rho fraternity brother Joe Pacifco, 21, said. Pacifico explained that his eighth grade English teacher had cancer and in the middle of the school year had to leave for treatment, and never returned to school.

Updated cancer statistics revealed Continued from Page C-1

234,580 cases diagnosed this year. Though these two cancers are very common, they are not nearly as deadly as they used to be. Due to early detection and treatment, prostate cancer only takes 29,720 lives to 238,590 diagnoses. Breast cancer patients have a higher fatality rate of 40,030 deaths to 234,580 diagnoses. Pennsy lvania its elf car r ies 79,560 of all cancer diagnoses and it places fifth in the highest numbers of state diagnoses this year. Pennsylvania falls just under California, Florida, Texas and New York, each with diagnosed patients in the 100,000s. 28,680 out of each of the 79, 560 cancer cases diagnosed in Pennsylvania will result in death. Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer related deaths in Pennsylvania according to the American Cancer Society. The American Cancer Society stresses the importance of health behaviors in cancer prevention. The most carcinogenic behavior

is regular use of tobacco products. The second most attributing factor to cancer development is lack of physical exercise. What is being done to terminate cancer? The American Cancer Society hosts a Cancer Prevention Study and enrolls 300,000 adults of all different ethnicities and backgrounds who do not have or have never had cancer. This study shows direct links between causes of cancer and the cancers themselves. The American Cancer Society holds that this study is absolutely necessary to cancer prevention. The CPS-II Nutrition Cohort is also ongoing and focuses on diet and its effect on cancer development. CPS II ranges from light to very in depth, focusing on surveys and even blood analysis. Being that the American Cancer Society is nonprofit, it relies mostly on grants and volunteer work. An interesting development that was published in 2011 by the American Cancer Society was the direct link between specific

hospitals and level of care. The study showed that hospitals that took in more patients without insurance were less likely to perform lifesaving surgeries. Pennsylvania alone has been given 52 grants to aid in the development of cancer treatment. These grants will all be used in the next few years to aid research and development. These grants add up to about $27.5 million funding that goes into cancer research and patient treatment. Grants range from $100,000 to dollar amounts in the millions. The American Cancer Society is turning 100 this year and has saved countless lives through projects such as Relay for Life, Coaches Against Cancer, and Daffodil Days. They stress the importance that donations and volunteer work hold. They also provide support and treatment for those affected by the disease. Their website, cancer. org, shows how donation money is used toward development and research.

“I want my brothers to see that cancer affects everyone, and I hope having them go will help them find their personal cause,” Pacifico said about his fraternity’s involvement with Relay for Life. Relay for Life is a 12-hour celebration for participants to raise money for a good cause, because “Cancer Never Sleeps, so Neither Will We.”

Dr. Balok recounts five-year period of overcoming cancer Continued from Page C-1

“The people around me are so important to me,” she said. “They are the ones that helped me through.” After Balok’s battle with her cancer, she said she began to look at things differently. “I never let fear stop me again,” she said. “I changed how I spent my money and my time. I wasn’t foolish with how I spent it, but I was more generous in dealing it out.” Balok said she strongly urges any woman over 30 to see their doctors for routine check-ups and examinations. “Do you want to know how to prepare for a mammogram?” Balok asked. “They say you should slam your boob in the refrigerator door. They’re pretty painful. You can tell a man invented that creation,” she joked. “But seriously, if you’re over 30 and you’re not looking at this, you’re a fool! These tests can save your life!” Balok said most would respond to such news with, “Why us? Why me?” “Why not?” she said. “It can happen to anyone. When I was diagnosed I thought to myself, ‘God was either God or He wasn’t.’ Since then my faith has only grown stronger.” As a five year survivor, Balok will be one of the speakers at this year’s Relay for Life. As she laments on her journey she says she is grateful. “I love life,” Balok said. “And I’m happy to still be here. It’s important to always remember that you are not alone.”




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